John H. Martindale
|John Henry Martindale|
John H. Martindale
March 20, 1815|
Sandy Hill, New York
December 13, 1881 (aged 66)|
|Place of burial||Batavia Cemetery, Batavia, New York|
United States of America|
United States Army|
|Years of service||1835 - 1836, 1861 - 1864|
Brevet Major General
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
John Henry Martindale (March 20, 1815 – December 13, 1881) was an American lawyer, Union Army general, and politician.
Martindale was born in Sandy Hill, Washington County, New York, the son of Congressman Henry C. Martindale and Minerva Hitchcock Martindale. He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1831, and graduated in 1835. He was appointed a brevet second lieutenant, but resigned from the Army the next year and began to study law. He was admitted to the bar in 1838, and commenced practice in Batavia, New York. In 1840, he married Emeline M. Holden. He was District Attorney of Genesee County from 1842 to 1846, and from 1848 to 1851. Then he removed to Rochester, New York.
In August 1861, Martindale was commissioned a brigadier general of volunteers in the Union Army, and participated in all the battles of the Peninsula Campaign in V Corps. After the retreat from Malvern Hill, he was brevetted a major general of volunteers, and appointed Military Governor of Washington, D.C., a post he held from November 1862 to May 1864. Afterward he returned to field service, fighting with the XVIII Corps in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, the Battle of Cold Harbor and the Siege of Petersburg, commanding the corps briefly in mid-July 1864. In September 1864 he resigned his commission because of bad health.
In 1877, one of his clients tried to shoot him at his law office in Rochester, New York.
- List of American Civil War generals
- Fellows v. Blacksmith (1857)
- New York ex rel. Cutler v. Dibble (1858)
- Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David J., Civil War High Commands, Stanford University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
- Political Graveyard
- The "attempted murder" at his office, in the New York Times on November 26, 1877
- His obituary, transcribed from the New York Times on December 14, 1881
- List of New York Attorneys General, at Office of the NYSAG
- Google Book Life Sketches of State Officers, Senators, and Members of Assembly in the State of New York in 1867 by S. R. Harlow and H. H. Boone (Weed, Parsons & Co., Albany NY, 1867)
|New York State Attorney General
| Succeeded by|
Marshall B. Champlain